Hyunmee Lee: monochromatic explorations

22 July - 7 August 2016

Nüart Gallery is pleased to present, “ Monochromatic Explorations," a solo exhibition of new work by the artist Hyunmee Lee.  The exhibition will run July 22nd through August 7th 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, July 22nd from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.  The artist will be in attendance.

Hyunmee Lee’s transcendent paintings evoke a sensual lyricism formed by Western 20th century abstraction and spontaneous gestures that echo Eastern calligraphy.

Inspired by her recent relocation to Santa Fe, Lee’s new series of work emphasizes mark making and doing more in layers of black when applied in varying thicknesses on the paintings’ surface.  Employing many different tools, is part of this new poetic exploration of place and a clear progression in her art that nonetheless remains powerful in its simplicity, its spontaneity, its rhythms and finally in its all-important gesture.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hyunmee grew up practicing Western Modern art and gained experience in Eastern painting and calligraphy.  She majored in painting at Hongik University, graduating in 1985 and achieved two post-graduate degrees at the University of Sydney in Australia. Returning to Korea, the artist taught at Hongik University and exhibited in major art galleries and art fairs in Seoul.  After moving to the U.S.A in 1997, Hyunmee taught and continued to explore her art.  She received tenure at Utah Valley University, and retired from teaching in 2009 to travel and concentrate more fully on her artwork. In 2015, Hyunmee was awarded an important Fellowship for Visual Arts Excellence by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.